Langtang Gosainkunda Circuit Trek – 18 days

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Trekking Destination: Langtang Gosainkunda Circuit Trek
Transportation: private and public vehicle
Trekking hour: 5-6 hours each day
Duration: 18 Days


The Langtang trail heads east through forests up the Langtang Valley as far as Kyanjin Gompa. Experience the spiritual lifestyle of the Buddhist people here. Their monastery is 700 years old. An early morning hike up Tserko Ri offers huge panoramic views of the High Himalaya along the Tibetan border; plus nearby Langtang Lirung and its glaciers.

Retrace your steps to Lama Hotel before branching southwards and up above the tree line to Thulo Syabru: with magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal to the northwest.Continue to Laurebina and then Gosaikunda, an important pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. Marvel at the sunrise over the glistening lakes.

The Gosaikunda trail then rises to the Laurebina La before gradually descending into the Helambu Valley: with terraced farmlands and rice paddies. Numerous Buddhist monasteries dot the countryside. Explore the villages of Kutumsang, Chisopani and Mulkharka. From Sundarijal, a short drive returns you to your Hotel in Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

1 Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our Himalaya Message Adventure Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our company play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town. 

2 Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world!  Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.

3 Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabru Besi (1,440m/4,750ft), 7-8 hrs, ~132km drive

The journey northwest from Kathmandu on the Northern Highway follows a torturous route over the middle hills through picturesque forest and farmland. Views of Manaslu, the Ganesh Himal and Kyirong to the north are possible from high ridges. At Devighat the road turns north into the Trisuli Valley and meets the river at Trisuli. A secondary road then winds up the river valley to Betrawati, before snaking over the hills to Dhunche; the largest village in the region. Continue down to the riverside village of Syabru Besi where the river (that cuts through the ranges from Tibet) is now named the Bhote Koshi. Overnight in Syabru Lodge 

4 Day 04: Syabru Besi – Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,104ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km

From Syabru Besi the trail follows the Langtang Khola which rises from the Langtang Glacier below Langtang Ri: on the finger of land that pushes north to the border with Tibet. After crossing a couple of suspension bridges it leads precipitously along and above the south bank of the stream, passing through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. These are home to a wide variety of wildlife: numerous birds, grey langurs, and red pandas, wild boars, Himalayan black bears. Overnight in Lama Hotel at Lodge. 

5 Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang (3,430m/11,253ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km

Today’s trail climbs a 1,000m/3,300ft, beginning easily at first, then more steeply as it climbs through mixed forest of oak, rhododendron, maple and hemlock. Tantalising views of the approaching Langtang Himal appear to the north. The trail then drops back to a picturesque tea house on the river, climbs a pass to the hotel-settlement of Ghora Tabela and then rises with the river, as it gradually enters the ancient, broad, U-shaped glacial valley carved by the Langtang, Shalbachum and Lirung Glaciers. 

The path then climbs the hillside; through forest and open terraced fields of buckwheat, barley and potatoes, to the villages of Thangshyap, Chamki and Ghumba (with an interesting gompa). Finally it rises, past water driven mills and prayer wheels, to the large village of Langtang: headquarters of the National Park. Impressive twin waterfalls drop from a cliff-cleft above this Tibetan village of flat-roofed stone and wooden homes. Cattle and yaks graze above the town. Langtang Lirung is directly north of the village. Local cheeses, breads and apple pie pamper to foreign tastes. Overnight  Langtang at Lodge.


6 Day 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa, (3,870m/12,697ft), 3-4 hrs, ~5km

Today is a short day: which should aid acclimatisation. Climb a ridge beyond the village to a Chorten and continue gently up passed a long mani wall to Mundu and Sindum. Then drop (passed an impressive boulder) back to the river before climbing to Yamphu: and a yak-wool shop. The trail then crosses the Laja Chu before rising up a moraine to a view point: with views of the dramatic icefall from the Langtang Lirung and Kinshung peaks as well as the monastery ahead. Surmount a final ridge and drop to the teahouse-village that has developed below the gompa. Consider afternoon walks to the cheese factory or to Kyanjin Gompa or to the Kyanjin Glacier to assist with acclimatisation. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa at Lodge.

7 Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa: rest and acclimatisation day: Tserko Ri exploration

Kyanjin Ri (4,850m/16,005ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,500ft) both offer excellent viewpoints of the area. After breakfast, walk up to Tsergo Ri for spectacular views to the north of the Langtang Range and in particular Langtang Lirung (7,227m/23,712ft), Kinshung (6,781m/22,248ft) and Yansa Tsenji (6,567m/21,546ft). Below is the impressive snout of the huge Langtang Lirung Glacier. To the west and south is: Dorie Lakpa (6,966m/22,855ft), Ganchenpo (6,387m/20,956ft), Dshabu Ri (5,202m/17,068ft) and Urking Kanggari (5,863m/19,565ft). Return to the guest house for lunch and then stroll around the Kyanjin Valley. Overnight in Kyanjin Lodge. 

8 Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel (2,470m/8,150ft), 3-4 hrs, ~5km

Retrace your steps, back down to the Lama Hotel, enjoying the views on this easier walk. Take it slowly to assist with acclimatisation. Overnight in Lama Hotel at Lodge.

9 Day 09: Lama Hotel – Thulo Syabru (2,230m/7,350ft), 5-6 hrs, ~10km

Continue to retrace your steps, stopping for lunch at Pairo. Then ascend: with great northeast views of the Ganesh Himal before dropping to cross to the south side of the river above Bamboo and continue up to a ‘T’ junction: (straight on for Syabrubesi). Turn south (left) and trek upwards to U Kyang and on to the large village of Thulo Syabru. Overnight in Thulo Syabru at Lodge.

10 Day 10: Thulo Syabru – Shin Gompa (3,330m/10,925ft), 4-5 hrs, ~8km

Today’s trail involves another 1,000m/3,300ft ascent with splendid views of the Ganesh Himal to the northeast plus the Langtang Range and Valley to the north. A broad path zigzags up the hill from the village through potato fields. Follow the routes that lead to Dursagang and then climb up through oak and hemlock forests followed by rhododendron forest and open pastures to summit on a ridge at Phoprang Danda. A large trail to Shin Gompa follows the top of the ridge through old forest, then up to a higher ridge of spruce forest: and a final climb to a third ridge and the village of Chandan Bari – and Shin Gompa. The Gompa runs a cheese factory; opened initially under the auspices of a Swiss company. Both are worth a visit. Overnight in Shin Gompa at Lodge.

11 Day 11: Shin Gompa – Laurebina Yak (3,950m/12,960ft), 3-4 hrs, ~4km

The trail ascends smoothly through rhododendron forest with continuing views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals and the tranquil Langtang valley. The northern slopes of today’s route have been declared a sanctuary: dedicated to the preservation of the endangered red panda: which the Nepali call a ‘cat bear.’ 

The tree line of the north facing forests is now replaced, by the scrub vegetation of the southern slopes as the path rises higher; to a perfect tea spot at Cholang Pati. The trail continues to climb to Laurebina Yak with wider ranging and more breathtaking scenery that now includes views, from west to east, of the distant Annapurnas, the Manaslu (8,156m/26,760ft) range, the full Langtang Range and also mountains visible beyond the border into Tibet. This is a perfect place to relax – and enjoy magnificent sunset/sunrise photographic possibilities. Overnight in Laurebina Yak at Lodge. 


12 Day 12: Laurebina Yak – Gosaikunda (4,380m/14,454ft), 3-4 hrs, ~3km

After a tranquil early morning photo shoot, the trail climbs to a ridge and on up, past waterfalls from the small Saraswati Kund (Lake, 4,100m/13,530ft). It then follows an exposed route, high above the Trisuli Valley to the west, to a spur and views of the second, Bhairav Kund. Beyond, Gosaikunda lies on the north-western shore of the largest lake. There are good viewpoints on a ridge behind the village. Several semi-frozen lakes lie to the south. Afternoon exploration. Overnight in Gosaikunda at Lodge 

13 Day 13: Gosaikunda – Laurebina La (4,610m/15,213ft) – Gopte (3,440m/11,286ft), 6-8 hrs, ~8km

Ahead is the Laurebina La which needs about 1½ hrs to summit along a trail that passes four more lakes. Summit views over Sura (Sun) Kund and the surrounding countryside are splendid. The trail then descends beside a stream to a rustic high camp “lodge” before dropping down the centre of the valley to Phedi. Below Phedi, the trail becomes rocky and climbs up and down several ridges, dropping eventually into rhododendron and pine forest beneath the cliffs of the Thare Danda. It negotiates several ravines before reaching Gopte which lies on a ridge. Overnight in Gopte at Lodge. 

14 Day 14: Gopte – Tharepati (3,640m/12,012ft), 2-3 hrs, ~8km

Today is a short walk. The trail continues to negotiate rocky ravines and crosses old boulder strewn moraine beds before ascending to a high, windy, ridge and the village of Tharepati. Magnificent (distant!) views to the northeast include Dorje Lakpa, the Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar and ranges into Tibet. Overnight in Tharepati at Lodge. 

15 Day 15: Tharepati – Kutumsang (2,450m/8,085ft), 4-5 hrs, ~10km

The trail drops 1,200m/3,900ft today over a succession of ridges. At first it descends steeply through dense pine forest towards distant Mangengoth. It then climbs the Mera Danda from where some of the last good views of the Langtang peaks appear to the north. Another valley crossing leads to Yuldu Bhanjyang for the last peak views. The trail then passes a waterfall and ridges down through fir and rhododendron forest and farmland to Kutumsang.  Explore the village. Overnight in Kutumsang at Lodge.

16 Day 16: Kutumsang – Chisopani (2,160m/7,125ft), 5-6 hrs, ~11km

At first the trail climbs past granite cliffs and on to the Tamang village of Golphu on a ridge. It then continues its general upward trend to Thotong and Lapcha Danda. There are great views of the softer Helambu District to the south from high ridges. From here the trail drops through fields and new forest to the large village of Chipling. It then undulates over two lower ridges before climbing gently to Chisopani from where there are good, distant mountain views. Overnight in Chisopani at Lodge.   

17 Day 17: Chisopani – Sundarijal – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft), 4-5 hrs, ~10 , 1 hr, ~20km bus ride

Chisopani lies at the northern border of the Shivapuri National Park; which is also the main water catchment area for Kathmandu. The trail passes through dense forests, rising gently to the Borlang Bhanjyang before undulating to Mulkharka and then dropping to Sundarijal on the southern border of the park. From here a jeep will return you to Kathmandu and your hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast. 

18 Day 18: Final departure

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination

Note: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Cost Includes:

  • Airport transfer by private car / van
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • KTM - Sybrubesi and Sundarijal - KTM by private vehicle
  • duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • First aid medical kit
  • Lantang National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping and laundry
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)


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Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accommodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu . Tea or coffee is also included with meals. While Langtang Gosainkund Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Our Trekking Guides and Staff

Your guide's role is to ensure that all aspects of the trip run smoothly. He will share his local knowledge, and provide advice on how to fill your free time as well as co-ordinate the day-to-day running of the tour - although occasionally he may need your understanding if things do not go according to plan. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your guide know so that steps can be taken to correct the situation. We are a well-established adventure company and we employ professional trekking guides with comprehensive knowledge of English and all required supplementary crew members (everyone has basic communication skills). We also provide training for our staff, thus enhancing their work efficiency. Our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have many chances to learn Nepali phrases and other cultural aspects throughout your trek. All of our team/ guides receive training in the following courses.

  • Trekking Guide Training &licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • English Language KEEP
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association


We are experts in operations at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created the Langtang Gosainkund Trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trek.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters. The Langtang Gosainkund Trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.

Group Size

We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.

Responsible Travel

The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Himalaya Message Adventure, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have campfires and we use kerosene as cooking fuel. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar energy, a far more eco-friendly alternative. Garbage disposal is another major problem. Some of the busier trails are at times strewn with litter and garbage thrown by irresponsible trekking groups. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry the non-biodegradable garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burned at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

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